Essential Report

Voluntary euthanasia

Oct 21, 2014

Q. When a person has a disease that cannot be cured and is living in severe pain, do you think doctors should or should not be allowed by law to assist the patient to commit suicide if the patient requests it?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Sep 2010

Nov 2013

Should be allowed

66%

70%

64%

71%

63%

69%

68%

Should not be allowed

14%

12%

16%

7%

23%

14%

19%

Don’t know

20%

18%

20%

21%

14%

17%

13%

66% of respondents think that that doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient commit suicide – which is little changed since this question was asked last year. 14% think it should not be allowed – down 5%.

71% of Green voters, 70% of Labor and 64% of Lib/Nat voters agreed that doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient to commit suicide.

67% of women and 65% of men supported voluntary euthanasia – as do 74% of those aged 45-64.

COVID-19 RESEARCH

Read Essential's ongoing research on the public response to Covid-19.

Sign up for updates

Receive the Essential Report in your inbox.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.